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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 1, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 2A □ Herald-Zeitung □ Wednesday, January 1, 1997New year brings new tax changes The Associated Press WASHINGTON At the stroke of midnight Tuesday, the New Year will ring in federal tax changes that will affect adoptions, seniors and people with terminal illnesses. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Archer, a Republican from Texas, on Monday issued his “Top Ten” list of tax changes that will go into effect today. “These changes will result in marked improvements in the lives of the American people,” Archer said in a statement. The list is: ■ A tax credit of up to $5,000 to defray expenses for people with incomes below $ 115,000 who adopt children. Adopting a hard-to-place child would mean a tax credit of as much as $6,000. ■ Senior citizens aged 65 to 69 will be able to earn up to $13,500 a year without losing any of their Social Security benefits, up from the $ 12,500 limit in 1996. ■ Spouses will be eligible for a $2,000 deduction for contributions made to their Individual Retirement Account, regardless of whether they are at home or work outside. Previously, homemakers were limited to a $250 tax deduction. ■ For small businesses, the amount of costs deductible from taxes will be increased to $18,000 from $15,000. ■ Accelerated tax-free payments from life insurance policies to patients diagnosed as having less than 24 months to live, including those with AIDS. ■ A deduction of 40 percent of health care premiums for more than 3 million small businessmen and women, up from 30 percent in 19%. ■ Unemployed taxpayers will be able to make penalty-free withdrawals from their Individual Retirement Accounts to cover the entire cost of their health insurance premiums. ■ Taxpayers who have long-term care insurance policies will be able to deduct the cost of their premiums and expenses from their taxes. ■ For people who work for small businesses or are self employed, and for Americans who lack health insurance coverage, they or their employers will be able to make taxfree contributions to a private savings account that covers the cost of their routine health needs. ■ Changes in pension laws will make it easier for small businesses to set up pension plans for their workers. NBU From Page 1 trict 8 director from Comal County. “We need to show that New Braunfels is willing to participate in the program. I was hoping for more but I wasn’t dissappointed.” Miller said he believes from four to five Comal and Guadalupe purveyors already have pledged a total of $30,(XX) to the program. Miller said San Antonio Water System has pledged $500,000 and has indicated it could increase that to a maximum of $1.5 million. He also said Bexar Metropolitan Water District has pledged $250,000 and Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority $10,000. Miller told the board that he expects the program to need from $1.5 million to $2 5 million to implement, based on bids of $ 150 to $250 per acre foot of land. On Jan. 13, the bids will be announced and participants in the program will have a representative to negotiate the final deal, which the EAA board will consider on Jan. 14. EAA board members have said the majority of interested land owners are com farmers in Medina County. The benefit for NBU, trustees said, would be increased aquifer flows through Comal Springs and a demonstration to other aquifer pumpers in the legion that NBU is willing to be a part of a compnmise program. Other water suppliers, such as SAWS and Bexar Met, would benefit from special pumping limits in the fcAA’s emergency management rules. In Stage IV of the EAA’s drought Changes management plan, participants would be able to withdraw 1.4 times its average winter use while nonparticipants would be limited to 1.3. The pilot program does not prorate the participants’ money but is instead placed in one pool to pay for the farmers’ bids. The bids are rated according to certain criterion, including location of the land, promise to dryland farm and type of crops. Organizers of the pilot program must gamer at least 10,000 acres of farmland from owners who then have the option to dryland farm for the next year. Half of the water that is normally used by irrigation farmers would stay in the aquifer and the rest would compensate for increased pumping limits. lf the program does not attract the minimum acreage, the EAA board of directors would determine the pumping limits for Stage IV between 1.2 and 1.4 times the winter average. lf the program is successful, EAA board members have said they would consider continuing it on a regular basis. NBU trustees tabled supporting the program last month because they felt the EAA was not crediting NBU in a previous draft of the emergency management rules for investing in a surface water treatement system in 1991. The final rules, which were passed about two weeks ago, were changed to give credit to NBU for its surface water system and it also increases the triggering levels for the various reduction stages while increasing the limits. City will test recycling at apartment complex By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The city of New Braunfels is planning to begin a six-month pilot program this month that will offer recycling services to one apartment complex . Organizers are finalizing the details of the plan in which an undisclosed apartment complex will offer a recycling dumpster for all its multi-family units. The cost of the program is being paid for by the complex and the city will determine from the results of this test whether to continue it on a permanent basis. “Quite frankly, it poses a tough challenge due to the nature of apartment complexes,” said Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager. “The key in the whole process is education and letting residence know they shouldn't dump certain items (in the recycling dumpster)" Currently the city’s curbside recycling program is only offered to single-family homes for $1.85 per month but many apartment complexes have requested the program recently, Ferguson said. The city council was scheduled to increase the fee this year but decided to freeze it. Ferguson said the program will help the city determine whether to offer this type of service to other apartment complexes. He said the potential problems are whether the recycling dumpsters become contaminated with non-recyclable items. Another problem is whether the owners or tenants should pay for the program if it becomes permanent He said the city received some large recycling bins from Wal-Mart after it stopped its community recycling program and the city will use one of them for the pilot program. Herald-Zeit Th*: rJbriiJd Ubli'/hrzl (..ll Nji'H'nk From Page 1 provide quality services for residents. She said the budgeting process always creates the challenge of how to maintain or improve services to a larger number of people while also trying to keep a handle on the tax rate. "That’s never easy, but we’ll look at it again next budgeting process," she said. 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Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 19%, in the First Lutheran Church, Floresville, and interment followed in the Floresville City Cemetery, Floresville, Texas. Arrangements with Vinyard Funeral Home, Floresville, (210) 393-2588. Vinyard Funeral Home, Floresville Eva Eunice Adams Eva Eunice Adams, age 102, of Stockdale, Texas, and longtime resident of Lampasas, died Monday, Dec. 30, 1996. Survivors include daughter Peggy Joyce Braune of New Braunfels. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. I, 1997, at Briggs-Gamel-Wilcox Chapel in Lampasas, (512) 556-3666. Briggs-Gamel-Wilcox Funeral Directors Arthur Emit Segalle Sr. Arthur Emil Segalle Sr. of New Braunfels died Monday, Dec. 30, 19%, at his residence at the age of 67 years. He was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, the VFW and the American Legion. Mr. Segalle is survived by his wife Marie Segalle of New Braunfels; daughter Shari Segalle of New Braunfels; and son Arthur Emit Segalle Jr. of New Braunfels. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Jan. 1,1997, at 3 p.m. at Sts. Peter Sc Paul Catholic Church with burial to follow at Cranes Mille Cemetery. Mother Nature learning Center & Pre-School ih-sb\ rnB v s. ter in ai»wes* jp County line Rd. 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